English first additional language

Download 22.49 Kb.
Size22.49 Kb.





  1. This paper consists out of: Section A: Merchant of Venice

Question 1 – Contextual Question

Question 2 – Essay Question

Section B – Poetry

Question 1 – Contextual Question

Question 2- Essay Question

  1. Answer ONE question on each section.

  2. Write neatly.

  3. Staple your answers to the front of your question paper.

  4. Begin the answers to each section on a new page.



Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow:

I have possess'd your grace of what I purpose;
And by our holy Sabbath have I sworn
To have the due and forfeit of my bond:
If you deny it, let the danger light
Upon your charter and your city's freedom. 5
You'll ask me, why I rather choose to have
A weight of carrion flesh than to receive
Three thousand ducats: I'll not answer that:
But, say, it is my humour: is it answer'd?
What if my house be troubled with a rat 10
And I be pleased to give ten thousand ducats
To have it baned? What, are you answer'd yet?
Some men there are love not a gaping pig;
Some, that are mad if they behold a cat;
And others, when the bagpipe sings i' the nose, 15
Cannot contain their urine: for affection,
Mistress of passion, sways it to the mood
Of what it likes or loathes. Now, for your answer:
As there is no firm reason to be render'd,
Why he cannot abide a gaping pig; 20
Why he, a harmless necessary cat;
Why he, a woollen bagpipe; but of force
Must yield to such inevitable shame
As to offend, himself being offended;
So can I give no reason, nor I will not, 25
More than a lodged hate and a certain loathing
I bear Antonio, that I follow thus
A losing suit against him. Are you answer'd?
This is no answer, thou unfeeling man,
To excuse the current of thy cruelty. 30
I am not bound to please thee with my answers.
Do all men kill the things they do not love?
Hates any man the thing he would not kill?
Every offence is not a hate at first.
What, wouldst thou have a serpent sting thee twice? 35
I pray you, think you question with the Jew:
You may as well go stand upon the beach
And bid the main flood bate his usual height;
You may as well use question with the wolf
Why he hath made the ewe bleat for the lamb; 40
You may as well forbid the mountain pines
To wag their high tops and to make no noise,
When they are fretten with the gusts of heaven;
You may as well do anything most hard,
As seek to soften that--than which what's harder?-- 45
His Jewish heart: therefore, I do beseech you,
Make no more offers, use no farther means,
But with all brief and plain conveniency
Let me have judgment and the Jew his will.
For thy three thousand ducats here is six. 50

    1. Who is Shylock addressing as “your grace” and what is that person’s job?


1.2 What does it mean when a bond has been forfeited?


1.3 What is “carrion flesh”?

A. Vulture flesh

B. Jewish flesh

C. Christian flesh

D. Pork

E. Rotting animal flesh


1.4 What does Shylock wish should happen to Venice if his wishes are not met?


1.5 Shylock gives one reason why he wants the pound of flesh. Write down that one reason.

A. He made an oath in heaven

B. He hates Antonio

C. It is his humour

D. He paid for it.


1.6 Why does Shylock have such strong emotions towards Antonio? Give TWO reasons that are not mentioned in this extract.


1.7 Write down one of the images Antonio uses to illustrate how useless it is to argue with Shylock.


1.8 Why is Bassanio involved in this case between Shylock and Antonio? Give THREE reasons.


1.9 In line 49 Antonio asks for judgement. What judgement is Antonio expecting?


1.10 What is Shylock’s will? (line 49)


1.11 Bassanio offers six thousand ducats for three thousand. Where does Bassanio get this money?


1.12 How does Shylock react to this offer of six thousand ducats?


1.13 Which disguised lawyer comes to court to defend the case. Who is this lawyer in real life and who does the lawyer pretend to be? Write down the names.


1.14 What technicality causes Shylock to lose the case?


1.15 Shylock not only loses the case but he almost loses his life. Why?


1.16 (a) What payment does the disguised lawyer demand of Bassanio in the end (1) and(b) why doesn’t Bassanio want to part with that payment?(2)


1.17 Who did Shylock’s daughter marry?


1.18 Give three reasons why Shylock is unhappy about his daughter’s marriage.


1.19 What would you say is Merchant of Venice about? Choose an answer:

A. Love

B. Friendship

C. Arguments

D. Injustice (2) [35]



In The Merchant of Venice it seems that there is a stronger bond between Antonio and Bassanio than there is between Bassanio and his new wife Portia. Expound on this statement by using examples from the text.

Use 250 to 300 words.



Read the following poem and answer the questions that follow:

Come, live with me and be my love

Cecil Day Lewis

Come, live with me and by my love

And we will all the pleasures prove

Of peace and plenty, bed and board,

That chance employment may afford 4

I’ll handle dainties on the docks

And thou shalt read of summer frocks:

At evening by the sour canals

We’ll hope to hear some madrigals 8

Care on the maiden brow shall put

A wreath of wrinkles, and thy foot

Be shod with pain, not silken dress

But toil shall tire thy loveliness 12

Hunger shall make they modes zone

And cheat fond death of all but bone –

If these delights thy mind may move,

Then live with me and be my love 16

3.1 Who is the poet talking to?


3.2 What invitation does the poet give with the words “Come, live with me and be my love”?


3.3 Which pleasures will they prove?

A. Love

B. A house, bed food and everything

C Enough clothes

D The perfect honeymoon


3.4 What does the sentence “That chance employment may afford” imply?


3.5 “I’ll handle dainties on the docks” is an example of which poetic device?

A. Sarcasm and Pun

B. Irony and Sarcasm

C. Irony and Antithesis

D. Pun and Sarcasm


3.6 Why is the line “I’ll handle dainties on the docks” an example of irony and sarcasm?


3.7 What does the word “thou” imply in line 6?

A. Old English word

B. How the upper class talks

C. Refers to though

D. You


3.8 Why would the person only be able to read about summer frocks?


3.9 What does the expression “sour canal” say about the part of the city they live in?


3.10 What are “madrigals”?

A. Birds

B. Flowers

C. Singers

D. Jewels


3.11 Explain the following line in your own words: “Care on the maiden brow shall put A wreath of wrinkles”.


3.12 Explain the image of “thy foot be shod with pain”?


3.13 In line 12 there is an example of pun, write it down and explain the pun.


3.14 What is the difference between “toil” and “silken dress”?


3.15 What do the words “modest zone” refer to in line 13?

A. Frugal living

B. Small middle

C. Careful area

D. Modest area


3.16 How would death be cheated in the last stanza?


3.17 Which word in line 15 is an example of sarcasm/contrast?


3.18 What is ironic about this poem?



Analyze the poem “To a small boy who died at Diepkloof Reformatory” and discuss all the poetic devices used in the poem. Use 250-300 words.


To a small boy who died at Diepkloof Reformatory

  1. Small offender, small innocent child

  2. With no conception or comprehension

  3. Of the vast machinery set in motion

  4. By your trivial transgression

  5. Of the great forces of authority

  6. Of judges, magistrates, and lawyers,

  7. Psychologists, psychiatrists, and doctors,

  8. Principals, police, and sociologists,

  9. Kept moving and alive by your delinquency

  10. This day, and under the shining sun

  11. Do I commit your body to the earth

  12. Oh child, oh lost and lonely one.

  13. Clerks are moved into action by your dying;

  14. Your documents, all neatly put together,

  15. Are transferred from the living to the dead,

  16. Here is the document of birth

  17. Saying that you were born and where and when,

  18. But giving no hint of joy or sorrow

  19. Or if the sun shone, or if the rain was falling,

  20. Or what bird flew singing over the roof

  21. Where your mother travailed. And here your name

  22. Meaning in white man’s tongue, he is arrived,

  23. But to what end or purpose is not said.

  24. Here is the last certificate of death

  25. Forestalling authority he sets you free,

  26. You that did once arrive have now departed

  27. And are enfolded in the sole embrace

  28. Of kindness that earth ever gave to you.

  29. So negligent in life, in death belatedly

  30. She pours her generous abundance on you

  31. And rains her bounty on the quivering wood

  32. And swaddles you about, where neither hail nor tempest

  33. Neither wind nor snow nor any heat of sun

  34. Shall offend you, and the thin cold spears

  35. Of the highveld rain that once so pierced you

  36. In falling on your grave shall press you closer

  37. To the deep repentant heart.

  38. Here is the warrant of committal,

  39. For this offence, oh small and lonely one,

  40. For this offence in whose commission

  41. Millions of men are in complicity

Share with your friends:

The database is protected by copyright ©essaydocs.org 2020
send message

    Main page